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Daily Archives: November 13, 2010


Spiced nuts

Jeff hates all nuts. It’s mainly the texture that bothers him. He wishes that he liked them though, since they’re so portable and snackable and a healthier alternative to chips and crackers.

We’ve spied several brands of spiced nuts at the grocery store that look really tasty and that Jeff thought he might actually enjoy, but they were really expensive for the quantity. He mentioned that he would be willing to try them if I made some at home, so that’s exactly what I decided to do.

I started by adding about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a non-stick pan. I chose to use about 1/4 tsp. each of garlic powder, paprika, and turmeric and just a pinch of cumin and black pepper.

Into the pan they went to heat up with the oil.

1/2 cup each of raw almonds and cashews went into the warming oil.

I used a spatula to toss them in the spice mixture.

When they were fully coated and starting to toast I transferred them to a baking sheet.

I baked them at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes. I wasn’t really trying to brown them anymore at this point, just dry up some of the excess oil.

They came out smelling super toasty and fragrant.

With a hefty sprinkling of salt, they were ready to munch on.

See the cat creeping in the background? He’s nuts for those nuts!

I liked these, they were flavorful without being overwhelming. They have that kind of subtle flavor that makes you eat them continuously in an effort to taste them more.

Jeff won’t try them though, he just turns up his nose.

I think he’s nuts………….::::cricket noise:::::

Sorry, I can’t help myself! 😉


Oatmeal hack

Good morning!

I got to enjoy my oatmeal today with a humongous dollop of gingery pear and apple sauce!

And it’s a great opportunity for me to share with you my latest oatmeal hack! Remember when I was yapping about how I like to take plain instant oatmeal and jazz it up rather than going through the trouble of making oatmeal from scratch? Well, I’ve discovered that I can make instant oatmeal with real whole oats!

I just fill my bowl with these few things:

  • 1 banana torn into pieces
  • 2 spoonfuls whole rolled oats
  • 1 spoonful oat bran
  • 1 spoonful flax meal
  • 1 spoonful chia seeds
  • almond milk to desired thickness

I mix it up and microwave for about 1 minute and 15 seconds, stirring once halfway through. It really does cook completely and thicken up with the help from the flax, chia, and oat bran.

I had it with a mug of Peachy Oolong tea, a sample we got from Adagio a while back.

Very nice, it doesn’t have that fake syrupy flavor that some fruit teas have.

That’s not all for today though, I’ve got another recipe to share later!